Oregon expects to issue its first batch of recreational marijuana licenses Friday to an eclectic mix of entrepreneurs including longtime marijuana growers and others new to the industry like former Trail Blazer forward Antonio Harvey who still works for the franchise as a popular radio personality. Among others in the state’s newest crop of licensed pot growers: John Plummer, an owner of the trendy Doug Fir Lounge in Portland.
Harvey on Thursday told The Oregonian/OregonLive that he’s informed the Trail Blazers of his family’s plans to start a recreational cannabis business and that his contributions will be limited to that of an investor. He said his bosses asked him not to “flaunt” his role in the company. “I don’t partake in marijuana,” he said. “I don’t use any of the products. For me, this was a business opportunity and a chance to support my wife and her family.”
Guard Wayne Ellington of the Brooklyn Nets has won the 2015-16 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is presented annually by the PBWA to the player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. The other finalists for the award were guard George Hill of the Indiana Pacers, forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
The Warriors established a regular-season record for television viewership that’s nearly as impressive as winning 73 games. Stephen Curry and Co. became the first team in NBA history to show a gain in local TV ratings for six consecutive years. This golden nugget comes courtesy of the SportsBusiness Journal, which took an extensive look at NBA viewership.